Ah yes the chewing of the bars...very annoying...
I noticed most reasons mice do it is boredom or to get your attention,however I have had mice in the past with EVERYTHING
and they just chew the bars as habit.In all honesty I have never gotten mice to stop once they started,it became habit for them.I heard of some people using bitter apple on the bars,but this does not phase some animals and may not work.
I have all of my mice in a tank now so they do not chew the bars (that always went through me...*shudder*).
As for toys...tubes,ladders,ropes,tunnels,rocks and other things for climbing,tissues (they love shredding them),paper,a wheel...etc,etc.I just took pictures of my tank last night but they are not on the computer yet.
I made a giant mountain of paper.I got an empty oatmeal box and covered it with a mass mountain of shredded paper...so it acts as two things,a cave-like bed (they have a little hole to go in) and a mountain for climbing.I will have to show you pictures as I am not good at explaining.But it is pretty cool and the mice seem to like it.
I also alternate things and each time I clean their cage,I try and change things up and give them different toys and things to do.
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